To be sold as a pair ,1923 Excelsior 150cc Lightweight Ladies Model Frame no. D1105 Engine no. H4499

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Lot 306
To be sold as a pair ,1923 Excelsior 150cc Lightweight Ladies Model
Registration no. OR 1546 Frame no. D1105 Engine no. H4499

Sold for £ 6,325 (US$ 7,887) inc. premium
To be sold as a pair
1923 Excelsior 150cc Lightweight Ladies Model
Registration no. OR 1546
Frame no. D1105
Engine no. H4499
Excelsior were Britain's first producer (1896) of motor bicycles. Located for 25 years in Coventry they moved to Tyseley, Birmingham, in 1921; at which point their previous Lower Ford Street site became the new home for Francis Barnett. During nearly seven decades of continuous production Excelsior used several different brands of proprietary engines, including some high performance camshaft engines of their own manufacture during the 1930s. Excelsior were amongst a number of major brands to offer a Ladies Model, sized mainly between 125cc and 225cc, and commercially fashionable for several years in the 1920s. The relative rarity of Ladies Models today is explained by the fact that after such machines were no longer required the average female owner/rider, unlike her male counterparts, tended not to retain them. And contemporary male riders would clearly have appeared less than "macho" were they to have ridden or even owned a Ladies Model! Reported to be in "sound running order" the original condition chain-drive Excelsior has been fitted with a new Villiers coil, and a set of replacement tyres. OR 1546 is one of a unique pair of machines that belonged to an enthusiast couple from 1923 to 2009. At the time of the present vendor's purchase five years ago he pledged that in the event of a disposal the machines would be offered as a pair. With V5C.

Footnotes

  • 1923 Excelsior 150cc Lightweight Gents Model
    REGISTRATION NO. OR 1547
    FRAME No. W14186
    ENGINE NO. 8934
    In a brief mention of the firm's early period it should be recorded that they actually traded as Bayliss, Thomas and Co until 1910, whereupon the name was changed to Excelsior, a far more attractive label. A reputedly well-managed company Excelsior came through the Great Depression in quite good shape, helped no doubt by two Lightweight TT victories in 1929 and 1931 and, as an additional publicity bonus, their ohc Manxman [available in sizes 250/350 and 500cc] gained three Seconds and a Third in IOM TTs between 1936 and 1939. Trading less successfully, however, in post war days Excelsior's range was now confined to small capacity highway model 2-strokes, powered by Villiers 'singles', or their own 250cc Talisman 'twin', whose engine -- along with a 3-cylinder version -- was used in the Berkeley sports car. The complete and well equipped Gents Model has had a new primary chain fitted, and is reported to be "in running order". As with its Ladies Model sibling the nickel plated fittings have suffered some understandable corrosion, but both machines are possessed of a compatibly faded patina, a condition which is impossible to re-create in a modern-day workshop. Both Excelsiors are of course fitted with virtually identical 150cc Villiers engine units, but it should be noted that the hand-change gear linkage differs from one machine to the other. Taxed and with an MOT Certificate, plus V5C.

Saleroom notices

  • These two Excelsior motorcycles are sold with two spare Villiers MkVIII engines and a new unused drive belt. The ladies' model is currently taxed but at time of writing its V5C registration document had been returned to the DVLA for mistakes to be corrected. It should be noted that the gents' model was not registered by the previous owners until 1980 so is not classed as an historic vehicle. Accordingly, the vendor has applied to VMCC for a dating certificate.
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To be sold as a pair ,1923 Excelsior 150cc Lightweight Ladies Model Frame no. D1105 Engine no. H4499
To be sold as a pair ,1923 Excelsior 150cc Lightweight Ladies Model Frame no. D1105 Engine no. H4499
To be sold as a pair ,1923 Excelsior 150cc Lightweight Ladies Model Frame no. D1105 Engine no. H4499
To be sold as a pair ,1923 Excelsior 150cc Lightweight Ladies Model Frame no. D1105 Engine no. H4499
To be sold as a pair ,1923 Excelsior 150cc Lightweight Ladies Model Frame no. D1105 Engine no. H4499
To be sold as a pair ,1923 Excelsior 150cc Lightweight Ladies Model Frame no. D1105 Engine no. H4499
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